Spider-Man fallacy

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The Spider-Man fallacy is sometimes committed by Biblical literalists, and goes roughly like this:

From this it can be inferred that, since knowledge is power, it comes with great responsibility.[1]


It was bitten by a radioacti... no hang on, um... It seems to have bubbled up through the lower depths of the netosphere in about 2007, being mentioned in a blog on Myspace.[2] However, it was on Myspace, so nobody read it. It turns up next in 2010 as an entry in Urban Dictionary[3] (a reliable source if ever there was one) and in 2012 was being discussed in Christian blogs. One article, hosted by the Christian Post,[4] attacks an atheist for using the argument by using such time-honored apologetic nuggets as Luke was "a top notch historian",[5] that the New Testament and Spider-Man "are of two different genres", and it trots out the usual suspects of apologist scholars in support of these views. To no one's surprise, the article ends up with the equally tired claim that rejection of the New Testament is just based on an "anti-supernaturalist" bias.


  1. Spider-Man. Dir. Sam M. Raimi. Perf. Tobey Maguire, William Dafoe and Kristen Dunst. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, 2002. Film. Stan Lee. Unless it was FDR. Or Voltaire.
  2. Potential Forum Discussion II: the Spiderman Fallacy
  3. Urban Dictionary's Spiderman Fallacy entry
  4. Jesus and the Spiderman Fallacy
  5. Hear that sound? It's every non-apologist scholar of ancient history spontaneously Rolfing ROFL'ing.